Agri-tech Centre

Kingston Maurward College, Dorchester


Start Date:01/11/2015                              End Date:31/07/2016 

Growth Deal funding awarded £900,000

Funding awarded to Kingston Maurward College

Project Summary - Construction of a new cutting-edge Agri-Tech training facility.

In May 2016, Kingston Maurward College unveiled its new £1.2 million state-of-the-art agri-tech centre co-financed with Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership through the Dorset Growth Deal.

The contemporary agri-tech centre took five months to build and positions Kingston Maurward College at the forefront of agricultural training facilities in the region.  The purpose built facility comprises an

  • Agricultural classroom
  • An IT suite
  • A high spec workshop
  • Machinery facilities including a fleet of tractors, a GPS tractor, plough, sprayer and variable rate drill.


  • Agri-Tech Centre including high spec workshop and machinery facilities
  • Fleet of tractors, including GPS tractor, plough, sprayer and variable rate drill

Progress towards forecast: Delivered


  • Train 10 apprentices annually
  • Train 100 students annually
  • 105 jobs

Progress towards forecast: On Target

An end of project report has been produced for the project, you can download it here.

Case Study:

Clare Davison, Former Principal of Kingston Maurward College said:

“The College is extremely grateful and fortunate to have had the support of Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership in order to be able to complete this project. Their support in co-financing this project has enabled the College to invest not only in a wonderful new facility, but also in state of the art equipment totalling some £1.2 million. Every year employer and student expectations rise. The College must continue to apply and adopt new science and technological developments in order to carry on thriving and remain relevant to the industries it serves and the students that enrol here. Access to these contemporary facilities and equipment will enable the take up of breakthroughs across nutrition, informatics, remote sensing and low impact agriculture. All of this can be exploited across the rural Dorset economy to help increase productivity.”

Contact details

Kingston Maurward College

General enquiries: Tel: 01305 215000

Employers: Tel: 01305 215000


Dorset LEP

Katherine May, Programme Manager

01202 962720



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